<ul><li>What do you need? </li></ul><ul><li>A computer </li></ul><ul><li>An Internet connection </li></ul><ul><li>Video conferencing software (free) </li></ul><ul><li>A web camera (cheap) </li></ul>
Video Conferencing Software Choices http://dashboard.aim.com/aim Good choice if friends or family members already use AOL AOL Instant Messenger http://messenger.yahoo.com Can also be used to exchange files up to 2GB in size Yahoo Messenger http://download.live.com/messenger Replaces MSN Messenger, can also be used to exchange pictures Windows Live Messenger https://downloadstore.dell.com/Pages/productdetails.aspx?ProductID=DDSNC-DVC-001& Good alternative to Skype, also lets you save and store video chat sessions Dell Video Chat http://skype.com Most widely used, can also make low cost audio calls to regular telephones, works for PC, Mac & Linux Skype Download Site Features Product
A Few Choices For Web Cameras Picture $20.01 Ultra low price at Amazon.com Microsoft Life Cam VX-1000 $129.99 Autofocus, follows your every move Logitech QuickCam Orbit AF $49.99 Good for low light conditions Logitech QuickCam Communicate STX $39.99 Adjustable clip, manual focus ring, good optics Logitech QuickCam for Notebooks $29.99 Easy to attach, low price Logitech QuickCam Connect Price Features Product
One Other Accessory Worth Considering About $35
Step By Step Instructions For Downloading, Installing And Configuring Skype For Your Computer
Begin by pointing your web browser to www.skype.com
This window appears after you click the download button
When you click on download, this yellow bar will appear at the top of your browser. Place your mouse cursor over “Click here” and the file download window will appear. Then click on Run.
Another annoying Windows security window will now probably appear. Just click on Run.
After the Skype install program runs, you will be presented with this window. Before you click on I agree – I strongly recommend that you click the options button
Uncheck “Start Skype when computer starts” and if you are using Mozilla Firefox as your default web browser, check that box. Then click on I agree.
One more sneaky up sell. Since Google purchased Skype, they will try to encourage you to install their Chrome browser. Uncheck this box before you continue. It’s always a good idea to only install one software application at a time. Then if something goes wrong, you know for sure what caused the problem.
This window will appear when the Skype install is complete. Now click on Start Sykpe.
Populate the Create account window and click Next